County Tops of England

The summit of Scafell Pike, county top of Cumberland
The summit of Scafell Pike, county top of Cumberland

The historic county tops of England are a diverse bunch. They range in height from just 80 metres at Boring Field, Huntingdonshire to 978 metres on Scafell Pike in Cumberland. Some such as Bushey Heath in Middlesex are in urban surroundings which can be reached within yards of a road while others are remotely situated and require long walks to reach them. Some are on flat ground with a summit hard to establish and some are pretty obvious, And while some of the remote county tops require a good walk without much climbing there are the higher county tops in regions such as the Pennines and Lake District which will challenge a good deal of effort to reach them. So here they are, in all their diversity. Walking to all the English country tops will be achievement and if you complete them all I guess there will be quite a few good stories to tell about the adventure. Such as visiting the one on a busy town crossroads in Middlesex and getting to the one on private land in Kent.

Note: My County Tops of England and Wales are derived from the list of historic counties of England and Wales which survived for more than 100 years until widespread changes to counties and county boundaries made by government in the 1970's. The total number is 54 counties of which 41 are in England (by recognising the Yorkshire Ridings as seperate entities) and 13 in Wales.

County Tops of England Interactive Map

County Highest Point Height (m)
Bedfordshire Dunstable Downs 243
Berkshire Walbury Hill 297
Buckinghamshire Haddington Hill 267
Cambridgeshire Great Chishill 146
Cheshire Shining Tor 559
Cornwall Brown Willy 420
Cumberland Scafell Pike 978
Derbyshire Kinder Scout 636
Devon High Willhays 621
Dorset Lewesdon Hill 279
Durham Burnhope Seat 746
Essex Chrishall Common 147
Gloucestershire Cleeve Hill 330
Hampshire Pilot Hill 286
Herefordshire Black Mountains 703
Hertfordshire Pavis Wood 244
Huntingdonshire Boring Field 80
Kent Betsom's Hill 251
Lancashire Coniston Old Man 803
Leicestershire Bardon Hill 278
Lincolnshire Normanby Top 168
Middlesex Bushey Heath 155
Norfolk Beacon Hill 105
Northamptonshire Arbury Hill 225
Northumberland The Cheviot 815
Nottinghamshire Newtonwood Lane 204
Oxfordshire Bald Hill 257
Rutland Cold Overton Field 197
Shropshire Brown Clee Hill 540
Somerset Dunkery Beacon 519
Staffordshire Cheeks Point 520
Suffolk Great Wood 128
Surrey Leith Hill 294
Sussex Blackdown 280
Warwickshire Ebrington Hill 261
Westmorland Helvellyn 950
Wiltshire Milk Hill 295
Worcestershire Worcestershire Beacon 425
Yorkshire East Riding Bishop Wilton Wold 246
Yorkshire North Riding Mickle Fell 788
Yorkshire West Riding Whernside 736
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